New Obama ad calls for Congressional jobs action
June 7th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
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New Obama ad calls for Congressional jobs action

(CNN) - The first national cable advertising buy of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, released on Thursday, calls on Congress to pass a package of economic measures advanced by the White House - and asks supporters to call on Congress, too.

The spot, called "Jobs," features clips from Obama's June 1 speech in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he pointed to signs that the economy is growing, but not growing fast enough.

It is the campaign's second new television advertisement this week. On Monday, it announced a spot critical of Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, which a Republican ad buying source said on Wednesday would amount to a $12 million buy.

Growth would be faster, the ad argues, were Congress to pass Obama's American Jobs Act, which involves "ideas to cut taxes to help small businesses hire and grow, rebuild American infrastructure, create pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and cut taxes for every American worker and their families," the campaign said in a statement accompanying the ad.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement regarding the ad that "President Obama has had three and a half years to keep his campaign promise to grow the economy and create jobs. Now, with record-level unemployment and job creation that even the president calls inadequate, it is clear his policies haven't worked."

Obama has been stumping for the act in recent addresses, and a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign said after the May unveiling of his congressional "to-do list" that "President Obama should follow through on his own 'to-do' list" before he tells Congress how to act."

The ad will air in several battleground states - including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - as well as on national cable, the campaign said, calling it a significant buy which will air for a while.

Earlier this year, the Obama campaign announced a $25 million buy on positive ads, and has unveiled a series of Spanish-language spots.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

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  1. Stuffit

    Of course, the ad does not really tell the truth, just the Obama/corrupt union version. But then the NEA has dumbed down so many people that most don't know the difference anymore. That is the democrat liberal party lying to the American people to get the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president in history reelected.

    June 7, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. The REAL Truth...

    @Delusional – OK, how about this compromise? The House will take this up immediately AFTER the Democrat controlled Senate take up and votes on the 30-40 bills the House has passed and sent to the Senate, and which Harry Reid has deep sixed.
    Feels great now that the shoe is on the other foot, doesn't it. The Grand Obstructionist Party is getting some of the same medicine they have dished out for the last 3 yrs of the Obama Presidency. BWAAAAAAWW.. you poor whiny babies. Get a life. This is what partisan politics results in.. the GOP approach to compromise is "Do it our way and we can reach agreement".

    June 7, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    If doesn't matter what the President says or does or wants to have done, the teapublikkkans, led by the if demi gods , fhe kochs and rove, only want him to fail. MIT doesn't matter that the country is still in toilet thanks to the shrub and don't want to pull it out instead of flushing us all down the sewer!
    The only problem is that if the country and this Administration failed we are all affected, except, of course, the rich who are pulling the strings because they don't have to worry about their jobs or medical insurance or a roof over their heads. The Kolob bishop is unemployed but he is still a millionaire.

    June 7, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. charlesName

    I agree, sigh the bill and stop putting your head in the mud, put us to work then we can worry about our debt. With out work and cutting taxes will put the working people in the mud. Sigh the bill!!! With out jobs how we going to pay our debt. Or pay any thing. Come on tea party wants and wants but don't want to pay for it. That's called cheap welfare!!!!!

    June 7, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Jill

    The Republicans ran in 2010 for Jobs and improving the economy. Then once in, they don't pass jobs and training or infrastructure improvement bills – they just keep saying No, No, and Hell No. They do, however, seemed obsessed with women's reproductive parts.

    June 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    I thought it was to EVERYBODY that the reason the country isn't recovering like it should is because the Grand Obstructionist Party will do "WHATEVER It TAKES" to filibuster, block and prevent the Obama administration from looking GOOD at all. Don't worry about jobs, or debt ceiling or credit ratings downgrade or keeping agreements or reaching consensus/compromise to get the country back on track. Just get rid of the black man in the White House no matter the cost to the country. So, instead of actually paying the $3+ TRILLION in WAR expenditures, we'll let Obama pay for it (makes him look like he spent more than he did), then we'll give EVERYONE a "feel good" 20% [UNFUNDED] tax cut across the board. That should give folks like Mittens a NET ZERO tax bill, and we'll tack the $1.47 TRILLION price tag (in YEAR #1) onto the deficit since deficits don't matter. To heck with rebuilding every [FAILING, DANGEROUS] bridge in the country, repaving every [BROKEN] road, rebuilding our crumbling and aging sewer systems, let's just send those jobs to China. We can tack the unemployment benefits onto the Ryan Deficit plan. Then we'll take Obama's GOP-based ACA plan and have the right-leaning SCOTUS declare it "Unconsitutional" so that the insurance companies can continue reaming the sheeple while we reap the profits. Sounds like a plan.

    June 7, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Pete

    @Stuffit,you must be the product of NEA agenda,the making America ignorence plan.It worked because you're on here again with more of your unfactual crap,nothing new,nothing original,same old republican crap,got it wrote down don't ya!.Get some different lines,get a brain transplant,what ever you have to do to be original because your comments are getting really predictable,much like your ignorent party,nothing new either,same ol whinning,but not helping in any way,don't want to either,do ya and you're patriotic,yah right!!!!Pres.Obama should take a part out of the Clinton play book,how he told republicans,you work with me,something you have will get passed or work against me and nothing I assure you will ever get passed,its my way or the hiway guys,I rule the roost here,ya can't get past me for anyything,my pen "MR.VETO"says it all!!

    June 7, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. TDiddy

    here goes the blamer in chief...obama is a loser..he can't say anything good he has done...kick him out of office

    June 7, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. ron

    Problem for FL is that they are saying one thing and doing another. Yes, it is consistent with law to remove ILLEGALS from the voter rolls. However, FL has been removing LEGALS from the rolls. They will go to jail if they keep it up. Plain and simple. They can say whatever they want to say. But, they cannot do whatever they want to do. Period.

    June 7, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. beeg487

    So the GOP are obstructionists when they don't toe the Democrat line, but the Dems are NOT obstructionists because the bills proposed by the GOP are "non-starters". Sounds like both parties need to come down from their lofty heights and get in touch with reality.

    June 7, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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